Thursday, July 29, 2010

BW Office Invaded by Renegade Dance Troupe

Posted By on Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 12:58 PM

It was a nice quiet space to work, until Trey McIntyre and his gang of hooligans showed up to go all SpUrban on the place.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Red Jacket Mine's Lincoln Barr Dot MP3

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 11:31 PM

Lovers, lookout. Its Red Jacket Mine.
  • Lovers, lookout. It's Red Jacket Mine.
As we embrace the new world of multimedia, audio interviews and podcasts are becoming important elements in how Boise Weekly's disseminates information, so I'm wrapping my arms around the idea.

I've talked to Lincoln Barr, frontman for Seattle-based band Red Jacket Mine before, and familiar with his easy-going manner and predilection for palaver, asked if he'd serve as my podcast guinea pig. He all too happily agreed and for the next 23 minutes or so, he talked about the band's new bass player, a residency at Seattle's new Hard Rock Cafe and a June show at The Round in Seattle, where he played with bandmate Patrick Porter and The Posies' Ken Stringfellow—who produced Lovers Lookout—and Rebecca Gates of The Spinanes. (You can hear a podcast of the show at The Round here.)

On Friday, July 30, Red Jacket Mine will return to Boise for a show another show at VAC with Thomas Paul and New Transit, and will play Sun Valley Brewing Company in Hailey on Saturday, July 31. This will be the third time they've played Idaho since late last year in support of their sophomore release, Lovers Lookout.

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Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 5:23 PM

A new Arcade Fire album is sort of the indie rock equivalent of a new Harry Potter book—except you probably won’t see people dressing up like singer Win Butler and waiting in line at the Record Exchange for hours (his haircut would be too difficult to replicate) to get a copy of The Suburbs (Merge). Nonetheless, fans and writers get incredibly excited, all up in a tizzy hoping for the next Sgt. Pepper's or OK Computer. Hell, BBC has already written that The Suburbs is better than OK Computer. That’s up for debate, but there’s no doubt that The Suburbs is a really, really good album.

It lasts just over an hour, and every minute is justified. Songs like “Rococo,” “Suburban War,” and “We Used To Wait” demonstrate Arcade Fire’s mastery of intense song buildup and each track takes off slowly and develops into a massive peak, heavy on intense, layered orchestration. While “Empty Room,” “Ready To Start,” and “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)” are pure intensity, rushing head first into a wall of luscious textures and breathtaking artistry.

Since the release of 2004’s Funeral, Butler’s voice has gotten stronger. On The Suburbs, he sounds more confident and clearer than ever. Ballads like “Sprawl (Flatland),” “Wasted Hours” and “Deep Blue,” with their organic feel and rich melodies, best showcase his growth. “City With No Children” is where the group earns their reputation as the next E Street Band, and songs like “Modern Man,” “The Suburbs” and “Month of May,” with their chugging rhythms and huge choruses, prove the septet is ready to take on rock radio.
Butler is familiar with the nuance of suburban life. He grew up in a Mormon family just outside of Houston, Texas, and his introspective and unique take on suburban childhood lends the album greater meaning—it’s a relic of middle-class existence and rebellion that will connect heartily with his audience.

Is The Suburbs the next Nevermind? Probably not. But it’s the Arcade Fire doing what they do best, with greater precision and skill than ever. Is it the best album of the year? There’s a good case to be made.

The album will be released on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

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Need Something to do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Looking out the window, it's pretty clear where the weather is heading. This s@#$ is getting ugly, and spending the evening cavorting about Old Town, basquerading and generally making merry probably ain't in the cards tonight. And the general backup plan of going all Gene Kelly on downtown, hopping on lamp-posts and singing in the rain, only works if you also like singing in the lightning while holding tight to a tall metal rod.

That means you might need a plan C.

Lucikly, the Garden City Library has you covered. Cause today they're hard at work with their $1 book sale, which is pretty much what it sounds like: books on sale for $1. It's running through tomorrow, (Thursday) which means you got plenty of time get down there and pick up some new reading material to weather, the weather.

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DOMA Denies Green Card for Legally Married Gays

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 10:40 AM

In the debate about gay marriage, we've heard a lot about visitation rights. But the issue is far broader than that, so much so that it's hard to even conceive of the issue as a whole when it isn't something you have to face daily. This is a heartbreaking angle I'd never even considered. A gay couple married in Germany, one German and one American, aren't legally allowed to be in the same country because of DOMA. But if they were willing to pay $100,000 on the other hand...

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Confession No. 3: I Love Foie Gras

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 6:00 AM

Foie gras is legendary. A person will normally love it, hate it or have no idea what foie is. It can be both cruel and delicious. But what it is often escapes people. Foie is just a fat goose liver, that is all. The problem that most have with foie is the way that the goose liver gets fat. More often than not, geese are force fed a mash that is pumped into their stomachs via an auger and pipe. This mash causes their livers to swell and become exceptionally fatty and scrumptious.

  • Mmmmmmmm.

The anti foie gras argument is simple:Force feeding animals is cruel. Shoving mash down a goose's gullet until its liver swells, is an act of cruelty. The PETA folks are speaking the truth about that.

My counter argument is equally as simple: So what?. We are cruel to animals every single day. We don’t torture other animals? Oh, yes we do. Pen animals and remove their genitals? Oh, that is what we do to cows, sheep, dogs, cats, rabbits and many others. Use hot iron brands so we can identify who owns what animals? Yeah, we do that too. Suck out large amounts of body fluid? Mmm … milk. If you can’t stand the thought of eating an animal that has been tortured than I suggest you stop eating animals.

Don’t get me wrong, I want my food treated well before it dies. It has been proven that it tastes better and I will sleep better at night knowing that some cow was not tortured. However, I am willing to send a cow to its death for a steak. I am willing to kill a chicken to get my barbecue. I am willing to stuff a goose to get my foie gras.

Randy King is a chef and is worried that PETA is watching him. Click to follow Randy on Facebook.

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Cute Lepers at The Red Room

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 4:34 PM

The Cute Lepers at The Red Room
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  • The Cute Lepers at The Red Room
The Cute Lepers have it all. Good looks, fashion sense, the right guitars and a sexy lady on backup vocals, tambourine and hip-jiggling. All their songs were a nice mid-tempo that facilitated dancing, and they kept things pleasantly pop without being melodically corny or infecting your brain with the chorus that wouldn't die.

That said, I couldn't begin to tell you what they uniquely sound like.

The reason why is because every song, every riff, every ooh and ahh sounded like a thousand other tracks, by a thousand other bands, operating from the same 80s-ish pop-punk checklist. And don't get me wrong, it's a good sound. Pop-punk before it lost its credibility to pretty boys in So-Cal. More Dickies than Blink 182. I could listen to that stuff all day. Especially as The Cute Lepers really nailed it in every respect. Skinny ties, stovepipe pants, Les Paul Juniors, wacky sunglasses and pouty mugs flashed at the audience. Their look could have been an album cover from Stiff Records and their sound was spot-on. Even the name Cute Lepers seems just like what it should be to fit into that box. They definitely gave that rubric the Santa Claus treatment and checked it twice.

But lacking any unique flavor or direction of their own, it was in and out of my head with the very next "One, two, three, four!" I can't imagine seeking them or their records out deliberately. But it was a convenient band to have deposited in front of me without any effort on my part.

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Dinner is Served

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Boasting isn't our style, but Cobweb is about to bust with excitement because we're just a couple of hours away from getting a sneak preview of Dinner for Schmucks. Is it possible that the trailer gets funnier each time you watch it? Yes, and we should know. We've been watching this trailer over and over and over and over ...

Now, the literal Yiddish translation of "schmuck" has to do with a particular part of the male anatomy.
The literal German translation is "decoration."

But we all know a "schmuck" is a blithering idiot. So, naturally, the studio called 1-800-CARELL, as in Steve Carell, as in buffoon.

Then they added a dash of Paul Rudd and a generous helping of Zach Galifianakis. We'll contribute some popcorn and a highly caffeinated beverage and the result will be ...

We'll tell you tomorrow. Hopefully, we'll bust a gut and live to tell about it.

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Hey Marseilles Performs at Record Exchange Tonight

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 4:04 PM

Seattle indie-folk septet Hey Marseilles is bringing their collection of violins, cellos, accordions and guitars to Boise for a performance at the Knitting Factory tonight, opening for Toad the Wet Sprocket. But even if you don't have tickets to the concert—or you want to save a few bucks—thanks to The Record Exchange, you'll be able to listen to their orchestral-influenced music in a much more intimate environment.

Hey Marseilles will perform for free at The Record Exchange at 6:45 p.m. tonight. And if you purchase their debut album To Travels & Trunks, you'll get a free ticket to see them and Toad in concert.

Hey Marseilles recently performed at the hipster-friendly Capitol Hill Block Party in Seattle and will perform at this year's Bumbershoot Festival in September.

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Snapshots from the Ziesta Barbecue

Posted By on Tue, Jul 27, 2010 at 1:01 PM

Last Saturday marked Day Two in the inaugural weekend-long garage-rock fest, Ziesta.

At around noon, the thump of live music and the smell of grilled chorizo began wafting from the backyard of a house behind the Boise Depot. As the afternoon progressed, a number of shorts-clad fans and families grabbed patches of shady lawn and listened to jams from Thee Headliners, La Knots, Low-Fi, Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside and Pure Country Gold.

BW stopped by in time to catch Portland, Ore.'s throwback soul/country/blues act Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside and the two-piece garage punk outfit Pure Country Gold, also from Portland. About three free kalimotxos deep, digging our toes into the green grass and listening to Sallie Ford cover Canned Heat's "Going up the Country," we had an epiphany. Rad shit like this needs to happen every weekend. Seriously, somebody get on it.

Life doesnt get much better than free kalimotxos and free outdoor live music.
  • Life doesn't get much better than free kalimotxos and free outdoor live music.

Leku Ona serves up Basque chorizo and solomo sammys.
  • Leku Ona serves up Basque chorizo and solomo sammys.

Kicking it in the shade.
  • Kicking it in the shade.

Lawn lounging, Ziesta-style.
  • Lawn lounging, Ziesta-style.

Portland, Ore.s Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside
  • Portland, Ore.'s Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside

Sallie Ford chanels some old-school sultry soul.
  • Sallie Ford chanels some old-school sultry soul.

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